FlexPath Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Gain a broad understanding of psychology and learn the skills you need to work in a wide range of fields.

Develop an understanding of human learning, emotions, and behaviors with this BS in Psychology designed around the American Psychological Association (APA) Guidelines for the Undergraduate Psychology Major. Learn skills in research, writing, problem solving, and synthesizing and evaluating information. Prepare to continue study at the graduate level or pursue careers in a variety of fields, including public service, law enforcement, business, sales, market research, health care, and social services.

The FlexPath option offers the potential to significantly reduce the cost of earning your degree, accelerate the time required for degree completion, and better align your learning to the needs of employers and society. Traditionally, degree programs are constructed around credit hours that measure the time required to complete specific courses. Under, FlexPath, degree programs are constructed around the direct assessment of demonstrated competencies. While resources will be recommended, you can use any materials and resources you choose, including textbooks, eBooks, simulations, videos, articles, and work experiences. This new competency-based format allows you to complete course work at your own pace throughout each quarter. Once you believe you have mastered the course concepts, you will complete activities to demonstrate specific competencies by the end of the quarter.

Outcome goals and graduates’ proficiency levels

We have not yet collected enough information to publish learning outcome data for this specialization.

Bachelor of Science in Psychology specializations

  • General Psychology

Quality and Professional Relevance

  • Capella's BS in Psychology program is designed around the APA Guidelines for the Undergraduate Psychology Major.
  • Capella's BS in Psychology faculty have a wide range of professional and academic experience.
  • Capella's BS in Psychology curriculum reflects input from both academic and professional psychologists.
  • Capella's BS in Psychology degree draws on the faculty and curriculum expertise of its graduate level programs in psychology and mental health.

Expected Program Outcomes for All Specializations

  1. Demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology.
  2. Apply information analysis and research methods and use technology tools and applications appropriate for psychology.
  3. Develop effective communication and quantitative literacy skills.
  4. Use critical thinking, creative thinking, and problem-solving in psychology.
  5. Apply psychological principles to personal, social, and organizational issues.
  6. Demonstrate the ability to understand ethical behavior, tolerate ambiguity, value empirical evidence, and respect the complexity of sociocultural and international diversity.
  7. Conceptualize the application of one's values, skills, and knowledge of psychology to realize personal goals, professional opportunities, and societal needs.

Bachelor's degree graduates

Data from graduates across all bachelors programs have been combined for these Student Experience results.

Capella University bachelor's degree alumni report high satisfaction with the salary, benefits and responsibilities of their jobs. The most common industries in which bachelor's alumni are employed are IT, education, government, healthcare, and manufacturing.

Satisfaction with Job Bachelor's Degree Graduates

Percentage of respondents who answered "satisfied" or "very satisfied"
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q3 2012– Q2 2013.


Many of our bachelor's degree graduates report receiving a salary increase and gaining recognition from employers for their Capella degrees. Many also said they advanced in their careers or received a promotion.

Career & Professional Accomplishments Bachelor's Degree Graduates

Percentage of respondents who indicated they had accomplished each item
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q2 2012 – Q1 2013.

Bachelor's degree graduates

Data from graduates across all bachelors programs have been combined for these Career Outcomes results.

Graduates of Capella University's bachelor's programs say their Capella education is relevant to their career goals and helped them meet program outcomes. They are likely to recommend Capella to others.

Satisfaction with Capella Bachelor's Degree Graduates

Percentage of respondents who answered affirmatively
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q2 2012 – Q1 2013.


Capella bachelor's degree graduates report gaining knowledge and skills which are applicable in a range of professional settings.

Improvement in Skills and Abilities Bachelor's  Degree Graduates

Percentage of respondents who rated themselves as "proficient" or "distinguished" on ability to demonstrate the skill or ability on the job.
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q2 2012 – Q1 2013

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Capella believes in being clear about the real cost, time, and value of a Capella degree The Gainful Employment disclosures, required by the US Department of Education (DOE) (under 34 CFR 688.6 ), provide some information about completion, expenses and occupations based on learners who graduated between July 2012 and June 2013. Most of our students are part-time so they might not take a full course load or attend all 4 quarters each year. We took that into account in calculating these data. For example, we define program length for certificates and master's and doctoral degrees as the number of calendar quarters it takes a typical student to complete a program. The DOE has defined time to complete for a Bachelor's degree as 4 years. Program cost is based on the specific pricing structure for each program which is either a cost per credit or a cost per active quarter.

Other related information may be found on the Learning Outcomes, Career Outcomes, and Student Experience tabs on this page.

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